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“Man to Man” First K-drama on Netflix

Get your screens ready guys, tomorrow JTBC’s new drama Man To Man will kick off at 11 p.m. KST. Why am I telling you this as you don’t live in Korea? IT WILL BE ALSO BROADCASTED VIA NETFLIX!Β  It’s a first time! Yes, Netflix obtained the exclusive televising rights and this means it will be available in 190 foreign Netflix-countries. Man to Man will be released in two 8-episode installments in the U.S., but also comes with subtitles in other languages.

Main leads will be: Continue reading

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Playlist: Airy Korean Spring Songs

It’s freaking SNOWING outside!! Like are you kidding be, spring? I’m so ready for warmth and loose clothes and this is what you offer? To get over this nastiness I made a spring playlist on my YT channel to share with you guys which surely has a Korean song listed for everyone who is looking for the cherry-blossom season. No matter if you prefer romantic tunes, classic guitar strings, catchy melodies or longing lyrics, or you’re still somewhat in an after-winter mood or polishing your bike for a picnic in blooming meadows or enjoying those butterflies in your tummy – I’d recommend to give it a go. And even if you want to skip spring and head to summer, you’ll find a track. View the complete playlist order here: Continue reading

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Update: Reaction Videos Now With Subs!

A short update on my reaction videos: I finally found the time to add German and English subs on both videos. Yay!! πŸ™‚ So I hope it’s more enjoyable (and comprehensible) now. I’m still sorry the music was so loud on the first one (I love listening to music on high volume) and so it was a struggle to understand us. Now, just switch on the subtitles if you fancy knowing what we’re babbling about. More videos are in the making soon, but we both work full-time, so finding time off is a struggle now and then. And no, new videos are not only going to be on BTS.

1) Reaction Vid on BTS’ “Spring Day”

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Watch here: Germans React to BTS (λ°©νƒ„μ†Œλ…„λ‹¨) ‘Spring Day’ (λ΄„λ‚ ) MV

2) Reaction Vid on BTS’ “Not Today”

Watch here: Germans React to BTS (λ°©νƒ„μ†Œλ…„λ‹¨) ‘Not Today’ MV

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Happy Birthday to BTS’ Suga

I never had a soft spot for Kpop idol rappers (a few big ones have my respect though), till this grumpy marshmallow crossed my heart. His swag, his unconventionality, his talent, his effortless manliness, his dark nagging voice and his determination just blew me away. His lyrics are meaningful and deep, his beats are sick, his tongue technology out of this world and his mind wonders to all the right places. Sometimes I feel so sorry for him having to take the path as an idol to reach his dreams, for having to act cute or behaving according to social expectations. But then, pioneers always had to struggle to break conventions and open up new paths; and I know he can do so! Yoongi [stage name: Suga], calling you an “idol” is an insult, because you’re so much more, a true artist and genius. Happy Birthday!

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My Reaction Video on BTS “Not Today”

[Note: the video is in German, I still didn’t manage to add subtitles, sorry!]

I’m kind of getting used to this πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ What to do next Sunday?
FYI, BTS broke their own record of the week before and reached 10M views in 22 hours with #NotToday, thus appearing in YouTube’s Top 42 trending list. They also set another new record with Spring Day and got their third MV hit 100M views with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Congrats to the boys and their fans.

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Happy Birthday to Shinhwa’s Eric

Me being old-school πŸ˜‰ Happy Birthday to Shinhwa‘s handsome and stern leader Eric. It’s been so long and he never failed as a leader, hyung or role model. He has always led his group to success and down the right path. He is the silent tower of strength of Shinhwa in the background, but somehow is still a child within. Thanks, Eric!

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My First K-pop Reaction Video

[Note: the video is in German, but I’m kind of used to write everything in English… . Don’t ask why, I just feel more comfortable. I’ll see if I’ll add subtitles :)]

I’m sorry for being such a K-pop and BTS spammer at the moment. It’s just, as an old-school k-popper I never had the chance to actually hype through a comeback or watch videos in real time!! I sound so old and like a digital Neanderthal right now, but Super Junior, MBLAQ, Shinhwa or SHINee never had the possibilities or chances of SNS and live stream as it becomes more and more normal or standard at the moment. Throughout the live V Naver broadcast of BTS’ Spring Day comeback it was like a new world opened up, haha πŸ˜€ (felt like Columbus). I’m also used to watch subtitled videos months or years after broadcast and only since a few months Germans have free access to most YouTube videos. Most were blocked (including almost all original K-pop videos) due to licence and copyright issues. I solemnly swear to take up more general Korea content soon.

P.S. Although I was familiar with BTS since their debut, I only worked up the energy to get into them because of my friend who you can see in the video. Thanks for being stubborn! I just had other priorities at that time (like writing a master thesis on K-pop πŸ˜‰ ).

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K-Pop Fandoms Unite for BTS Comeback

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Nowadays we have to stand together more to overcome differences and build bridges for better understanding and community. To my surprise, K-pop fandoms are showing this side at BTS’ latest comeback. At midnight BTS dropped their new single #SpringDay and it immediately hit the charts and swept to success. Spring Day managed an all-kill on Korean charts (at the top of all Korean music charts), crushed Melon, swept straight into worldwide iTunes and the Top 10 US iTunes (as the first K-pop band) and successfully made the MV count on YouTube stuck several times within one day (Read more on Korean Herald andΒ Soompi). ARMY is trying hard now to gain their boys 10 million clicks in 24 hours. The count has gone up by 2 Million in the last hours. Just a couple of minutes left and we see the results.

Several other K-pop fandoms are helping BTS‘ fandom ARMY out to achieve this success, such as Seventeen‘s Carat, EXO‘s EXO-L or Black Pink‘s (unofficial) BLINK. The rooting for the K-pop under-dog BTS is going on until one day, BTS will not be considered part of this category anymore. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Seventeen’s Dino

It’s so fascinating to see a band’s maknae (youngest member) grow right in front of your eyes. #Seventeen’s little giant #Dino (real name: Chan) has turned 18 now (or 19 in Korean age) and he becomes more and more manlier and charismatic every moment. But we all remember him at his debut with sweet 16.